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Name: Robert C. Ruark  
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Date of Birth: 29th December 1915
Place of Birth: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Profession: Writer
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Robert Ruark (born December 29, 1915 in Wilmington, North Carolina–died July 1, 1965 in London, England) was an American journalist, traveler, and author.

Robert Ruark began his career in 1935, graduating from the University of North Carolina with a degree in journalism, and working at the Hamlet News Messenger and later the Sanford Herald in North Carolina. Ruark then worked as an accountant, and later an officer in the United States Navy. Upon his return, he became a syndicated columnist. Some of his musings were eventually collected into two books, 1948's I Didn't Know It Was Loaded and 1949's One for the Road.

As he grew in notoriety, Ruark began to write fiction; first for literary magazines, and then his first novel, Grenadine Etching in 1947. The novel parodied the popular historical romances of time and set the stage for his many humorous novels and articles published in the Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, and other popular publications.

Ruark's first bestselling novel came in 1955's Something of Value, about an African uprising. The novel drew from the author's own experiences on safari in Africa and was adapted into a successful 1957 film. Thanks to the novel's success, Ruark began working as a series of documentary shorts for RKO Pictures about his adventures in Africa.

He continued to write, though few of his subsequent novels surpassed his first success. Ruark moved to Spain in 1960, and died five years later in London, England.


  • Grenadine Etching (1947)
  • I Didn't Know It Was Loaded (1948)
  • One for the Road (1949)
  • Grenadine's Spawn (1952)
  • Horn of the Hunter (1953)
  • Something of Value (1955)
  • The Old Man and the Boy (1957)
  • Poor No More (1959)
  • The Old Man's Boy Grows Older (1961)
  • Uhuru (1962)
  • The Honey Badger (1965)
  • Use Enough Gun: On Hunting Big Game (1966)
  • Women (1967)


  • "African Adventures" (1955-56) narrator, writer, and director

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